Plant Protection Products are biologically active and potentially toxic preparations, which are regulated under a series of laws and ordinances in Switzerland. In order to protect man and environment against harmful effects of pesticides, market control measures are in force to support the regulations. Whereas several Federal Government authorities are responsible for registration, the market control is primarily in the hand of the Cantons. This calls for a coordinated process of authorities both from the side of the Federal Government and Cantons for monitoring the compliance of pesticides on the market with the details of registration. We report on the first integrated market survey of pesticides with isoproturon on the Swiss Market aiming at all relevant aspects of packaging, labelling, as well as the chemical and physical quality of the pesticides.
Those wishing to promote biodiversity in agriculture by means of result-based schemes need meaningful indicators. An overview of proposed and used indicators highlights developments and challenges.
Foods of animal origin – friend or foe? It all depends on the needs of consumers and on local production conditions, as shown by a major review in which Agroscope took part.
In vegetable production it is usual to leave crop residues on the field. Measurements carried out by Agroscope researchers show that removing these residues significantly reduces nitrate leaching.